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Anorexia: 'It affected everyone in the family'

Katie Green isn't sure how significant her family's attitude to food was in the development of her eating disorder, but her autobiographical graphic novel opens with an image of them all sitting around the kitchen table. It's dinner time: Dad is reading the paper, Mum is feeding the toddler, and …

Anorexia: You Are Not the Person You Were (And the Holidays Only Make It Worse)

"I don't understand," a parent might say of a child who has anorexia. "She used to be the nicest kid." Or, "He used to be so considerate. What happened?"<p>There are many physical changes when it comes to anorexia -- the symptoms of starvation, the lack of body warmth, the insomnia, the brittle bones …

Anorexia, the Impossible Subject

“Just try to explain to anyone the art of fasting,” says the title character in Kafka’s short story “A Hunger Artist.” “Anyone who has no feeling for it cannot be made to understand it.” The emaciated circus freak is right: refusing food at the expense of bodily function is not an easy addiction to …

Borderline: Understanding the Patients that Psychologists Fear

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) affects twice the amount of people who suffer from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.<p>At least 20 percent of …

Renaming 'Mental Illness' to 'Brain Disorder' Will Not Erase the Stigma

Recently, I was giving a talk on mental illness to a group of teachers. One of the teachers in the back raised her hand and asked why I was using the term, "mental illness," rather than "brain disorder." In fact, she seemed quite perturbed by the fact that I wasn't calling bipolar disorder a brain …